In Tariki we are interested in Buddhist practice as a foundation for ethical living. We follow the core teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and recognise their relevance to us as individuals and to society at large. When we engage with the world, the divisions between Buddhist schools become less important than the common message of a compassionate spirituality based on awareness, discipline and inspiration. Since we are involved in fields such as psychotherapy, chaplaincy, training and other practical applications of Buddhist principles, it is important that we hold a broad, non-sectarian approach and are able to work with people of all Buddhist backgrounds as well as non-Buddhists. This means appreciating the wisdom inherrent in all Buddhist schools and distinguishing the common ground between them. For this reason we collectively embrace the teachings of more than one tradition.
In the residential household different members follow the practices of different Buddhist schools. We come together to share practice on a daily basis. At the same time we each commit deeply to particular schools and study with them to further our practice. This means that a number of different styles of Buddhist practice take place in the house. We have sessions of meditation and sessions of nembutsu chanting and reflection. You will also find that we have retreats aligned to particular traditions, commonly Pureland, Zen and Theravada, or based around more generic themes. We welcome the imput of visiting teachers and retreat leaders.
Our interest is in serious practice and dialogue, taking place in a non-heirarchical context. We respect those with experience who exemplify Buddhist values and lead ethically sound lives, and we welcome what they offer as teachers. We also value the daily teaching which comes from living alongside one another and trying to put the Dharma into practise. Traditionally we come together for a winter retreat in early December, and there is an opportunity to take refuge within that event and to commit to the Tariki sangha.
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